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Wambora wins Council of Governors coveted seat

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Embu Governor Martin Wambora is the new Council of Governors chair after County chiefs picked him through a consensus.

Wambora now replaces Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya who served his two maximum terms.

The County bosses further settled on Kisii Governor James Ongwae to be the vice chairperson.

Ongwae had been serving as the chair of the Human Resource committee at CoG.

Until this morning, Governors Charity Ngilu (Kitui), Martin Wambora (Embu) and Dhadho Godhana (Tana River) had expressed their desire to take over the mantle from Oparanya.

Ngilu was the second woman to run for the post after Kirinyaga Governor Ann Waiguru failed to secure it last time as she was prevailed upon by her male colleagues to step down in favour of Oparanya.

The post of vice-chair had attracted governors James Ongwae (Kisii) and Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o (Kisumu) who are squaring it out to replace Wa Iria who has served his two terms.

Sources had intimated to the Frontier Post News that President Uhuru Kenyatta would throw his weight behind a governor who supports the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) process to succeed Oparanya.

The CoG chairmanship is a powerful post that serves as a link between the county governments and the national Executive.

The chairperson serves as the voice of the county governments and has a lot of privileges, including a stand-by chopper funded by taxpayers through the council’s secretariat.

Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana, whose name had been fronted as one of the top contenders to succeed Oparanya said he had bowed out of the race because he had interest in the presidency.

“I will not be a candidate for Council of Governors elections. As a 2022 presidential candidate, I have been advised by my team that serving in the next CoG executive can constitute a conflict of interest,” he said on Tuesday. Kibwana said he was grateful to his colleagues for the opportunity to serve as their Chief Whip.

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